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Gary

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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2011 1:49:46 AM

Does anyone know the specific criteria for the awards that recently showed up under profile on the mobile app? Is there a listing of requirements for each and each level? Would like to start a FAQ about them on this thread.
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:22:33 AM

But not for awards. Add in American Samoa and Northern Mariana Islands. The definition of a territory in both countries is that it's governed directly by the feds; so DC is a bastardized hybrid pseudo state for you Canucks.

[Edited by: bimmergary at 3/27/2014 11:29:54 AM EST]
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bimmergary
Rookie Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 11:15:00 AM

Interesting, the 3 Canadian territories are Yukon, Northwest, and Nunavut; though only Northwest Territories has listed stations, someone go find some for the other two!

DC has 116 stations. But it's a bit difficult to drive to Hawaii and Newfoundland.

Couldn't Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, etc. use price reporting also?



[Edited by: bimmergary at 3/27/2014 11:20:05 AM EST]
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 10:52:04 AM

"For the new app that is only up to 1 hour ago."

That hasn't come to BlackBerry yet. Version 4.7.1.0. Jan 9, 2014, seems to take all entries as current.
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bimmergary
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 1:15:06 AM

For the new app that is only up to 1 hour ago.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:07:18 PM

You can post a period after the price was seen, just make sure you apply the proper time stamp.
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:37:05 AM

Nope, I've never posted inaccurate prices. Sometimes I wait longer than other times to post the last accurate price I saw. And less than half a day later I check, and it usually still hasn't changed; if not I can correct it. (That is always going to happen: there is a lag between a price change and the first itme it's reported.)

Is there a standard for how long after an observation one is allowed to post the price?
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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 2:14:23 PM

Wonder if fishwood is still posting inaccurate prices so he can keep his streak.

I hope not.
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Tony4150
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 5:26:26 PM

POINTS and AWARDS

I copied and reposted this from RichWLIN.

DC does count as a "state" (Yes). Gas Buddy did not know where I was while in Puerto Rico, so that theory is out. I was in San Juan and vicinity, not the boondocks.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Is there anyone that is Pioneer Level 5? <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
I travel a lot, and I figure 1 more state to make level 3. Not as much as a trucker, but still a lot.

The commuter thing needs to be fixed. In a "typical" sense, a commuter would go to work in the AM, return home in the PM, but only 5 days per week.

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Placing Scrapheap's compendium of the awards criteria back on the first page.

Current Awards Criteria/notes/issues.

Reporter
Level 1 - Report 1 price
Level 2 - Report 50 prices
Level 3 - 500
Level 4 - 1000
Level 5 - 10000

Iron Man
Level 1 - Report a gas price on 5 consecutive days
Level 2 - 50 consecutive days
Level 3 - 100 consecutive days
Level 4 - 365 consecutive days
Level 5 - 2 years

Explorer
Level 1 - Report a gas price at 10 different stations
Level 2 - 25 different stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Perfectionist
Level 1 - Report all fuel grade prices 2 times
Level 2 - 10 times
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Adventurer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 3 different cities
Level 2 - 16 cities
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Pioneer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 2 different states
Level 2 - 5 states
Level 3 - 15
Level 4 - 51
Level 5 - 61
*A state is defined as: The 50 states; Washington, DC(?); Canada's 10 provinces and three territories(?).

Night Owl
Level 1 - Report 5 times between the hours of 12am and 6am (5 stations)
Level 2 - 20 reports/stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Sunday Driver
Level 1 - Report 5 gas prices on Sunday
Level 2 - 20
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Commuter
Level 1 - Report a gas price in both the AM and PM of a 24 hour period on 2 consecutive days.
Level 2 - 5 consecutive days
Level 3 - 25
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 365 consecutive days

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The requirements to earn an award:

*Reporter
Just report prices

*Iron Man
Post at least one price per day

*Explorer
Report prices at different stations

*Perfectionist
Report all fuel grades at once for a station. Don't post prices for fuel grades a station doesn't sell.

*Adventurer
Report prices for stations in different cities. See GPS note below

*Pioneer
Report prices for stations in different states. See GPS note below.

*Night Owl
Report prices between the hours of 12am and 6am, your home site's time (or station's time; this is still unclear)

*Sunday Driver
Report prices on a Sunday

*Commuter
Report at least one price between midnight and noon, and another price between noon and midnight. You must report prices in both the AM and PM on consecutive days or your progress will reset to 0. If you had previously earned an award you will have to start over but will not lose any previously earned awards. Example: If you report prices in the AM and PM on Thursday and Friday , and just the PM on Saturday, your progress will reset to 0 on Saturday afternoon.

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**General requirements (revised)
Only prices reported via the app count towards awards. Prices reported via the web or mobile web don't count but DO count towards your overall points, 90 day rank, etc.

**Frequency of posting
If you report prices for the same station in a short amount of time, you will not earn awards for the subsequent postings. It is believed the timespan is approximately 10 minutes.

**Notes on GPS
In order to earn awards, your phone's GPS must have an accurate fix and you must be less than 10 miles from the station that you're reporting from. If you are more than 10 miles away (or your GPS is reporting that you are) you will not earn credit towards the awards but will still earn points. For more information on how your location is determined, see this topic.

**Previous credit
Awards are calculated based on your app activity since October 5, 2011 (the day the awards were introduced)

**Purpose
The purpose of the awards is disputed. Various reasons include Gamification, encouraging more frequent posting, and generally making the app more fun. Various complaints include that there is no purpose and that they lead to inaccurate posts. Remember that you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2014 12:58:56 AM

fonz08wrx:
Did you miss RichWLIN's post earlier in this thread clearly giving you the infornation you asked for? Just scroll down the screen?

Thanks to Scrapheap for compiling it and RichWLIN fir reposting it.
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fonz08wrx
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Message Posted: Mar 18, 2014 10:26:09 PM

is there anyway to view the requirements for the next level on the app
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 9:40:27 AM

TxJeans: You're right. FWIW, Stopped off at a TA off I95 north of Washington DC, popped in the gas prices and made it up to Pioneer level 3.
Little did I know that I'd not reported a gas station in Delaware before.
Luck happens!
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:52:51 PM

"The percentage figure is the percentage to level 5. Since it takes 2 years of consecutive postings to reach level 5, any time you miss a day, you go back to day zero and start over again. The same is true with the silly commuter award."

This seems true. I guess I didn't remember it being this way on previous resets, but I hadn't had one happen for quite a while. I was 71% to level 5 so I hadn't been reset for around 518 days.

Thanks.

RG

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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:28:17 PM

DoctorV wrote > Isn't the % figure the percentage between Level 4 and Level 5, not the percent between Level 1 and Level 5?

The percentage figure is the percentage to level 5. Since it takes 2 years of consecutive postings to reach level 5, any time you miss a day, you go back to day zero and start over again. The same is true with the silly commuter award.
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DoctorV
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 12:06:37 PM

RichWLIN: "At that time I was sure that it simply restarted over at Level 4, 50% to level 5 and that it would take another year to reach Level 5...Recently, I noticed that the Iron Man award reads 14% to Level 5."

Isn't the % figure the percentage between Level 4 and Level 5, not the percent between Level 1 and Level 5?

For instance, Level 4 is 365 days and Level 5 is 730 days, so yes, Level 4 is 50% of Level 5. But you are 14% of the way between Level 4 and Level 5, i.e., 51 days into the extra 365 you need to get to Level 5.
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 11:51:16 AM

The "consecutive" awards (ie commuter and ironman) do reset back to 0% because you didn't report for consecutive days. For example, if you posted for 100 days, skip a day, post anotherr 100 straight days, skip a day, and then post 168 days, you certainly shouldn't ge credit for posting for a year straight.

The other awards wouldn't reset back to 0 because you can't "unreport" something you already reported. (If that makes sense)
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 21, 2014 10:31:18 AM

I discovered something new (at least new to me) about the Iron Man award.

First, a little background from earlier in this thread. On November 9, 2013 I posted prices from the web and neglected to post from the app on my phone. On November 10th Iron man was reset. At that time I was sure that it simply restarted over at Level 4, 50% to level 5 and that it would take another year to reach Level 5.

Recently, I noticed that the Iron Man award reads 14% to Level 5. Since more than 3 months have expired since resetting, it would appear that the Iron Man reset all the way back to zero and a full two years is necessary from the time of reset?

Most of the awards don't function in this manner. When the commuter resets, it doesn't start over at day one does it? Not that it's all that important but was anyone else aware of this?

RG
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Feb 19, 2014 8:45:38 AM

Nope.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 7:34:10 AM

The awards create more problems than they are worth.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 7:20:19 AM

Pilotmass, Are you really going to change your route to include other states for an award? Just contribute as you go, and the awards will take care of themselves for the most part.
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 7:18:31 AM

Yes, I'm using Waze. I don't use gas price searching very often on any app since the majority of my driving is in my work van and I have a corporate gas card for fuel. In our personal vehicle, I usually have gas rewards via loyalty cards and almost never pay retail in it, either.
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CrackedLCD
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Message Posted: Feb 18, 2014 2:36:16 AM

Altonb1: Is that Waze you're talking about? I use it as well as GasBuddy. Their gas price feature breaks so often it's almost useless, sady, and it's poorly implemented. But I still contribute to get my points there, too!
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pilotmass
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Message Posted: Feb 17, 2014 10:48:14 PM

Going on a multi state road trip to parts of the US I've never been. Should be good for Explorer, Pioneer and adventure. In the middle of another multi state that I do annually.

Wish there was a way of telling which states I've hit so far.
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altonb1
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2014 10:26:29 AM

fishwood,

I feel your frustration. I actually gave up on the commuter badge completely. In fact, I've stopped entering prices for most stations now, other than the few right by my house. I still get my 975 points every day, but once I have my points I generally don't touch the app again until the next day. Instead, I report prices on another app, which also incorporates my Foursquare check-ins and gives me real-time traffic info/hazards/etc. The only exception is when I find myself in previously untraveled areas, when I enter prices for as many new cities as I can so I can finally rank out on the adventurer badge. (82% to level 5--almost there)
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 5:39:37 PM

You are probably correct RichWLIN.
It doesn't bother me that I'm not going to drive through many states, but Commuter is frustratingly close, and I don't like to give up merely because something is difficult.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 10:33:07 AM

fishwood,

Maybe it's a better idea to forget about the Commuter award altogether? No need in being frustrated by something that was ill-conceived in the first place, and purposely left so even after many have written to complain.

It should be obvious by now to everyone that these app awards are designed and intended to spur traffic any way possible. Annoying members who repeatedly attempt and fail generates the desired ad viewing activity, and thus advertising revenue. Since GasBuddy management has previously stated that the awards are here to stay, they must consider your angst insignificant collateral damage in the war to create income.

It's probably best to just keep reporting prices when we can and don't let the award levels dictate our behavior one way or the other.

RG

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fishwood
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Message Posted: Feb 10, 2014 10:13:30 AM

Yes it does diminish the value (if I wait until after midnight.)
To be fair, these aren't random numbers, just the price that's been consistent for a while, that I observed at 6pm, entering it 6 hours stale.
If I need to be reported for it, that would also diminish Gas Buddy (I'm a decent reporter), but you lose the chance to fix a problem, which is that members using the mobile app, who are being motivated by badges, are feeling cheated. (If I'm really the least ethical member, you're better off without me, but I doubt it.)

The mobile app is good because it makes it easier to enter prices in real time.
The mobile app is bad when it is frustrating (because it is "searching" for too long or otherwise wedged, or because there are counter-intuitive gestures required.)
The badges are bad when they cause users to feel cheated out of achievements.

Here I am again, back to 1% on Commuter, not because I slept in on the weekend (I checked my points data) but because Friday night when I went to enter the price on the two stations I pass on my commute I got "searching" until I pulled into my driveway, and by the time I had the lovely dinner my spouse had waiting and said "What a week! I'm glad it's over!" and so forth, I forgot to go back, shut down the app, start up the map application to make sure the GPS location was fresh, restart the app, hope it would accept my location and talk to the mothership and find that local station, so I could enter the price. And instead of thinking "I will keep entering every price I see because I don't want to be a free rider in a community that is driving prices down by increasing demand elasticity of price by spreading information" I'm thinking "Screw it, I always buy my gas at Costco, why should I care?"
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 7:02:19 AM

@Daddioio
Where you looking for this? for your point posting?
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Daddioio
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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2014 10:30:26 PM

humm
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2014 9:37:47 AM

zippy3231, what do your comments have to do with this topic?
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2014 9:27:44 AM

@zippy3231 - If there were no limit to the tell a friend points you'd have lots of million pointers overnight. It is too easy for someone to make up an address, enter it and get their points.
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zippy3231
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2014 1:44:19 AM

There should not be a permanent limit to points on to tell a friend feature.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 7:48:02 AM

As a rule, the GPS on a cell phone should consistently be more accurate than either wireless tower triangulation or network.

None of these methods is infallible and all have pros and cons, but unless you are completely masked from satellite visibility (underground) your GPS should easily keep you within the 10 mile distance to station limit. I've found the network connections far less reliable in many cases.

RG

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 1/24/2014 7:52:18 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 8:36:19 PM

Entering inaccurate prices helps no one and fishwood should be reported for doing so.
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equinox1528
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2014 7:19:15 PM

I lost over 46 days due Gas Buddy stating I was "too" far away. Sometimes it takes 4 to 5 time to get the distance right in the app.

Guess the figure pocket posting grounds for taking away all of the days in the streak.

Sometime it takes a few tries to post prices when cell coverage is spotty.

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CelticHeart
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2014 11:17:04 PM

Holy cow, fishwood, you will post inaccurate prices after midnight to keep streak going? You can't be serious.

Kinda diminishes the value of GasBuddy, doesn't it?

Wow.
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fishwood
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 11:53:09 AM

Just a vote for "annoyance" and "demotivating".

There's an idea that if you get good service somewhere you'll tell one person, but if you get bad service you'll tell 10 people.
I've been entering prices when I can for a few years. I told my kids it was because I wanted to earn a new colored car icon, but fundamentally it was the community effort -- the more we push demand elasticity, the lower the profit-maximizing price will be, and the greater the consumer surplus.
I got a BlackBerry and the app, and I'm entering more often.
The glitches and technicalities (especially that commuter requires every day, even though most people only commute 5 days per week) are annoying, and sometimes after I've lost a streak because I slept in on Sunday I wonder why I'm doing this at all. I know Costco is the cheapest, my driving is very routine, I'm not gaining much from GasBuddy.
Even more so when I can't figure out the glitch.
Now that I can see when I've reported prices I can see there is no gap, but I got a reset.
It's gotten to where I'm entering prices that might not be accurate before I go to bed, if it's after midnight, so I won't lose a streak. (I hope you forgive me, but if I don't confess the moral hazard, you won't know about it.)
(Related note: I got hit with a gotcha a few times when I submitted the comment "Cash price, 10c more for credit" but then didn't submit the prices again. And now comments seem be be gone from the app all together.)
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 7:44:35 AM

@EricBrazil
You did 6 consecutive days of what?
Did you post prices each day?
Did you buy tickets as you earned points?If you bought tickets each day, they were used in THAT day's draw. Please look at the banner at the top of the price board on the Website (not sure what shows on apps) and at the top of this board there is a sticky about the drawings.
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EricBrazil
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2014 2:49:07 AM

Is there a glitch in the awards points tracking? My points seemed to disappear. I did six consecutive days and only got 1000 points enough for 1ticket?
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Tony4150
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 4:03:27 PM

As far a territories goes, Puerto Rico is not one of them. I was there a couple weeks ago and it could not figure anything out.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2013 1:53:47 PM

lokingd2 claims: "I for one do it to help others but just for you (since you're not buying it) I will gladly say for you that I do it just for the love of wasting my time. I hope this will soothe your ego and you would likely gulp this one down much faster."

For which reason are your surly remarks made here? Are you helping others? Or, are you just wasting your time?

lokingd2 further allows: "I for one do not care much about your imaginary awards simply because I am app less, just a plain web user type."

Then why bother reading or participating in this topic?

Seems you're just spoiling for a quarrel while providing somewhat less than nothing to the discussion. I agree with you. This seems like a waste of our time to me.

RG
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lokingd2
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 9:19:56 PM

RichWLIN, I for one "do it to help others" but just for you (since you're not buying it) I will gladly say for you that I "do it just for the love of wasting my time". I hope this will soothe your ego and you would likely gulp this one down much faster. I for one do not care much about your imaginary awards simply because I am app less, just a plain web user type.
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macike
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2013 11:53:51 AM

Let me start by saying, I like the awards.
While this may be buried deep. I have two suggestions for the 'awards'

Can we have the awards go up to level 10.

I have finished all but Iron Man (level 4 in a few days), Commuter, and of course Pioneer (which I will will never hit level 5). So the 'funness' is gone. While I may gain or lose a level that is ok. I can keep going. Also do not add on what everI have done since htting level 5. Just start today and move on.ON commuter, get rid of consecutive day requirements, please. It has been reset on me twice. I would be hitting level 5 in a few days, if it had not reset on me. I have done morning and evening everyday. But that is ok. Please get rid of the consecutive day.
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PatrickMcGoohan
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Message Posted: Dec 15, 2013 11:26:01 AM

You can remove the question mark regarding DC counting as a state for the Pioneer Award. It definitely does. My pioneer percentage increased after posting a price in DC.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2013 8:04:34 AM

Placing Scrapheap's compendium of the awards criteria back on the first page.

Current Awards Criteria/notes/issues.

Reporter
Level 1 - Report 1 price
Level 2 - Report 50 prices
Level 3 - 500
Level 4 - 1000
Level 5 - 10000

Iron Man
Level 1 - Report a gas price on 5 consecutive days
Level 2 - 50 consecutive days
Level 3 - 100 consecutive days
Level 4 - 365 consecutive days
Level 5 - 2 years

Explorer
Level 1 - Report a gas price at 10 different stations
Level 2 - 25 different stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Perfectionist
Level 1 - Report all fuel grade prices 2 times
Level 2 - 10 times
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 1000

Adventurer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 3 different cities
Level 2 - 16 cities
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Pioneer
Level 1 - Report a gas price in 2 different states
Level 2 - 5 states
Level 3 - 15
Level 4 - 51
Level 5 - 61
*A state is defined as: The 50 states; Washington, DC(?); Canada's 10 provinces and three territories(?).

Night Owl
Level 1 - Report 5 times between the hours of 12am and 6am (5 stations)
Level 2 - 20 reports/stations
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Sunday Driver
Level 1 - Report 5 gas prices on Sunday
Level 2 - 20
Level 3 - 50
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 500

Commuter
Level 1 - Report a gas price in both the AM and PM of a 24 hour period on 2 consecutive days.
Level 2 - 5 consecutive days
Level 3 - 25
Level 4 - 100
Level 5 - 365 consecutive days

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The requirements to earn an award:

*Reporter
Just report prices

*Iron Man
Post at least one price per day

*Explorer
Report prices at different stations

*Perfectionist
Report all fuel grades at once for a station. Don't post prices for fuel grades a station doesn't sell.

*Adventurer
Report prices for stations in different cities. See GPS note below

*Pioneer
Report prices for stations in different states. See GPS note below.

*Night Owl
Report prices between the hours of 12am and 6am, your home site's time (or station's time; this is still unclear)

*Sunday Driver
Report prices on a Sunday

*Commuter
Report at least one price between midnight and noon, and another price between noon and midnight. You must report prices in both the AM and PM on consecutive days or your progress will reset to 0. If you had previously earned an award you will have to start over but will not lose any previously earned awards. Example: If you report prices in the AM and PM on Thursday and Friday , and just the PM on Saturday, your progress will reset to 0 on Saturday afternoon.

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**General requirements (revised)
Only prices reported via the app count towards awards. Prices reported via the web or mobile web don't count but DO count towards your overall points, 90 day rank, etc.

**Frequency of posting
If you report prices for the same station in a short amount of time, you will not earn awards for the subsequent postings. It is believed the timespan is approximately 10 minutes.

**Notes on GPS
In order to earn awards, your phone's GPS must have an accurate fix and you must be less than 10 miles from the station that you're reporting from. If you are more than 10 miles away (or your GPS is reporting that you are) you will not earn credit towards the awards but will still earn points. For more information on how your location is determined, see this topic.

**Previous credit
Awards are calculated based on your app activity since October 5, 2011 (the day the awards were introduced)

**Purpose
The purpose of the awards is disputed. Various reasons include Gamification, encouraging more frequent posting, and generally making the app more fun. Various complaints include that there is no purpose and that they lead to inaccurate posts. Remember that you can't please 100% of the people 100% of the time.
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danindenver
Champion Author Denver

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:16:31 PM

Re: "because of some minor, unseen-by-others "awards" because that's the motivation"

Angry Birds is, supposedly, the most popular app in the world.
I have played it on at least 3 different platforms, but am frustrated by having to start over on each one.
When it was new, and my spouse was playing, as well, it held my interest for a while.
But, I do not derive enough satisfaction from playing it to keep going any further.

Community can be a positive factor in continuing an activity.
Silly awards can provide motivation.
Frustration, caused by what is perceived to be an unfair game, is a bad thing.
Complaining on this forum provides an outlet for that frustration:)

Have a great weekend!


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Jedidiah
Champion Author Maine

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:20:51 AM

 Hi altonb. We don't know one another; but, I too think you are being a tad short tempered about the consecutive days. Yes it is an incentive; but, so is the privilege of exchanging greetings and encouragement among our GB friends--and THAT is what keeps me going after nearly 8 years of posting. And yes, I recently lost my consecutive days when I approached the 2000 mark. I returned from the hospital in late July, convalesced, and am having fun with my online friends even though I have only amassed 118 new consecutive days. Just offering food for thought. No harm meant here. (:
 
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altonb1
Champion Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 9:35:13 AM

Gas_Buddy: So I was looking at your white board...and based on quite a few of the responses on your page, you sure do have a habit of being a jerk quite often. Not only does your username give the impression that you are a mod, you are arrogant in your postings, which gives the site a negative vibe. Just because you disagree does not give you the right to demand other's adapt to YOUR standards when you have no authority to request (well, DEMAND) that they do so.

Oh...and don't bother responding for my benefit...I've now blocked you and won't see your reply, or any of your posts any longer. (And Congrats! You are the FIRST user I have blocked on this site)
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altonb1
Champion Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2013 7:56:15 AM

Considering my "screen name" is my 1st name and last name initial with a 1 behind it, it isn't THAT anonymous. But arguing this is pointless. I joined the site in 2005 but didn't get really active until a couple of years later. By my ranking, I've actually proven that I put quite a bit of time/effort into the site. Criticising me because I probably wouldn't put so much effort into it without the consecutive days is just you being an asshat. In fact, it is encounters like this, in the various forums, that drive people away. It's the "I'm better than you because I'm doing it to help others and you're not" or the wanna-be mod mentality that irritates people into leaving, or not caring enough to post accurate prices in the first place and just post anything for points. It is simple--I post prices to multiple stations daily--far more than the 750 points earned for doing so, so I AM helping people. I drive all day from location to location for my job, and enter prices frequently while doing so. I'm the top poster (according to the app) on numerous stations. So in the end, what makes you so much better than me?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 7:17:34 PM

I appreciate and understand the "candor", just that I disagree with the logic of "if I lose my days...I'm outta here" and the harsh comments to and about the Gas Buddy organization. When there have been errors (on the part of Gas Buddy) it seems that moderators/programmers/whoever have fixed the problem relatively quickly.

As for being the "helping others" mantra, it might seem to be a "holier than thou" attitude but I think most of the "old timers" came to the website with the idea of, in light of rising fuel prices, here's a way to help the next guy who's helping me by doing his part. And I think that RichWLIN is in the group of posting prices for the sake of helping others more than for simple awards; you don't earn that many points (many as a result of gas price posting) or post as many posts (and I admit a majority are insightful, whether I agree with him or not) if you're not here with a sense of helping others (it's much easier to simply post messages for points in the Just For Fun category, and not waste time - which he's not doing - by posting intelligent comments in the substantive threads).

Sorry, but I just have a hard time reconciling the primary reason for being here is an on-going "consecutive streak" under an assumed screen name that you don't want to see broken. If there were personal by name acknowledgement/recognition, I might think different. But anonymous?
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RichWLIN
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2013 1:01:26 PM

altonb1 allows: "So yes, the consecutive days does keep me going. After posting for 2.5+ years w/o missing a day, that is motivation to keep going."

Well, you're not as alone as some in this discussion would like you to believe, and thanks for being honest enough to admit that the GB experience is alluring in its many and varied incentives/motivations to participate regularly. This is by clever design, and it is obviously very effective.

Many members are caught up in the daily, weekly, monthly and even yearly routine of participating here, and I for one don't buy the "I do this to help others" mantra professed by some as their sole reason for showing up here every day.

If member Gas_Buddy doesn't appreciate your candor, at the very least he understands what you have communicated. If not, maybe he should take a vacation from his contrary points of view, forego his 1780 consecutive days and quit running up his 3,234,570 points?

RG
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